WELSH champion Kieran Gething has added published author to his list of achievements in the ring after giving fight fans a glimpse into the life of a professional boxer.

The super-lightweight king and father-of-two says he “always wanted” to write a book like Insight, a project the 26-year-old began at the start of the year.

As well as giving his thoughts on the pro game, and how boxing has helped him during some tough times, Gething also focuses on last November’s clash with Jeff Ofori in London.

Sky Sports boxing commentator Andy Clarke and Tony Borg biographer Amanda Aubrey-Burden also played a part in getting the book, which is available via Amazon, over the line.

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“I had wanted to write a book for a long time,” said Abergavenny-born Gething, who lives in Pontypool with wife Emma and their two daughters.

“I like to write and give my opinions on boxing, and I loved doing the book.

“I’d always wanted to do something from a boxer’s point of view, and it features the build-up to my last fight, the fight itself and after it.

“It’s not an autobiography, although that’s something I would like to do at some stage.

“This book is a collection of anecdotes and my thoughts and feelings about boxing and my last fight.

“I began writing at the start of the year with an idea of what I wanted to put in there, and it wrote itself really.

“I sent bits to a few people to look at with a view to getting it published and one of those was Sky Sports boxing commentator Andy Clarke who got in contact with me.”

Gething ended up drawing with Ofori in that Golden Contract super-lightweight quarter-final at York Hall.

However, the Welshman didn’t progress to the last four of the tournament, with referee Kieran McCann picking Ofori to go through to the semis.

While disappointed to be knocked out, Gething has had to cope with far greater heartbreak.

His dad Gary, a former professional boxer himself, took his own life in 2014, leaving behind Kieran, younger son Connor, daughter Danielle and wife Pauline.

“There is almost a chapter on how boxing helped me deal with that time, and how I used it when dealing with different emotions,” added Gething.

“Boxing helped me get through some bad times, and I’ve had many of those in my career.”

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On the Ofori setback, he said: “The fight was the biggest of my career so far and turned out to be a good one for the purposes of the book.

“But, obviously, although it goes down on my record as a draw, I didn’t get the decision from the referee to go into the semi-finals.

“I had mixed emotions. I was happy with my performance but struggled with the weight.

“I felt I learnt a lot but it was the first fight where I’ve been away from my daughters for any length of time. I really missed them and my wife Emma.”

Gething already has his sights set on a follow-up along the same lines as the first, while he would also like to pen his autobiography in the future.

“I want to do another book like this one and I’m playing around with titles,” he said. “I’d like to give more views on the professional game, including the business side of it.”

While Covid-19 has put a stop to boxing for the time being, Gething says he could be looking at an appearance on a behind-closed-doors show in June or July.

With a lot on the books for his construction company, Gething is keeping busy, but he has only started to punch again in recent weeks following elbow and shoulder injuries.

l Insight is available to buy from Amazon priced at £8.99.